kruzerman: the paper is laminated and is apparently surface washable, but the company still doesn't recommend it for areas that will see a lot of water so I'm not positive about how well it will hold up. For really wet areas or outdoor use they sell acrylic sheets with a shoji pattern but that was really expensive so I thought I'd try the laminated option first. I'll just have to be careful about not getting any splashes on it. I mainly decided to opt for the laminated stuff instead of regular shoji paper because it's relatively tear proof and will hopefully stand up to my cats better.
Albert: yes I cut all the boards with a dozuki, which was at times cathartic and at times tedious. I had the plywood panels cut for me by the lumberyard.
Well, the stand is finally done. I should admit that I did run into some issues in the final assembly. Everything fit together perfectly before painting, but it seems that the combination of the paint and (I think) the expansion of the wood due to the arrival of hot and humid weather meant that the joints were much tighter than before (particularly the mortise joints at the bottom where the cross bars slot into the sides). It took a lot of sanding to get things to fit properly, and lot of whacking with a rubber mallet and clamping pressure to finally force things into place. I'm going to need to touch up some paint in some spots.
Everything is nice and snug now, but while the stand should still be disassembleable, it will probably take a lot more force and effort to break it down than I was initially hoping for. Oh well, a learning process as always.
Here are pics of the final product! (the pictures make it look black but it's actually a nice dark brown)
40 gallon sump in place inside the stand. I inserted this into the stand before putting the top on because I don't think it would have fit through the doors (unlike the cat, which does fit through the doors).
One more kudo! That is a really beautiful, original design stand. I wish I still had my workshop so I could try making one. I know I can't do that kind of work with just hand tools. And, there are lots of very good design details there to steal!